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The Boy Who Bit Picasso
by Antony Penrose


Overview - Tony was a boy with a special friend--a world-famous artist by the name of Pablo Picasso. Tony and his parents entertained Picasso at their home in England, and they went to visit Picasso and his family in France, too. Tony, when a child, really did bite Picasso.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Tony was a boy with a special friend--a world-famous artist by the name of Pablo Picasso. Tony and his parents entertained Picasso at their home in England, and they went to visit Picasso and his family in France, too. Tony, when a child, really did bite Picasso. And Picasso bit him back

Filled with information about Picasso and his art, this book offers readers a rare glimpse into Picasso's personal life and features more than sixty-five illustrations, including artworks by Picasso, photographs by Lee Miller, and specially commissioned drawings by contemporary children.

Grown-up Tony, the son of photographer Lee Miller and painter-writer Sir Roland Penrose, shares his childhood memories of his remarkable playmate in this one-of-a-kind story.

Praise for The Boy Who Bit Picasso
."A sparkling illustrated memoir. It is a wonderfully engaging glimpse of the creative life, as viewed from child-height." -Wall Street Journal

"It's a fascinating and highly personal vision of the artist." -Publishers Weekly

"This intimate, child's-eye view serves up a winning glimpse of the artist's personality and unparalleled creative breadth." -Kirkus Reviews

"In this delightful volume, the author recounts growing up with Pablo Picasso as a family friend. Appropriate for the topic, the book is a work of art in itself, featuring brightly colored pages and stunning black-and-white photos." -School Library Journal


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810997288
  • ISBN-10: 0810997282
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 47
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-7
  • Dimensions: 9.28 x 7.11 x 0.52 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Art

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-03-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than this book's title—which refers to when the author, as a boy, bit the world-famous artist—is Picasso's response. "Picasso turned around and bit me right back—hard!" That anecdote sums up the (successful) goal of the book: to humanize the man who left behind "nearly 2,000 paintings, more than 7,000 drawings, well over 1,000 sculptures" when he died. Penrose, the son of painter Sir Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller, grew up in England with frequent visits from Picasso, a family friend. Writing as an adult in a childlike first-person voice (which hits a few strange notes, but is age-appropriate and accessible), Penrose describes time spent with Picasso, his children, and other members of his circle; numerous b&w photographs appear, along with original drawings by contemporary children. Reproductions of Picasso's works demonstrate the influence Penrose's family had on Picasso's art, perhaps most striking in an abstract portrait of Miller, which is paired with a photograph of her—her profile identical in both. It's a fascinating and highly personal vision of the artist. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)

 
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